Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy at WPB

Shockwave Therapy is typically used to treat and has excellent research backing for: 

The research is ongoing, but we have found similar excellent results from treating these conditions alongside a full physiotherapy package:

 

What is Shockwave therapy?eswt3

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT) is the name given to a treatment form that involves shockwaves being passed through the skin to the injured part of the body. ECSWT has been positively reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Achilles Tendinopathy, Plantar Fasciitis and Tennis Elbow here in the UK.

The shockwaves that are produced are generated by a projectile that is propelled at high speed inside a hand-held applicator. When the applicator is placed on the surface of the skin – together with a ‘coupling medium’ such as ultrasound gel – the impulses are delivered as a shockwave that spreads inside the injured part of the body as an aspherical ‘radial’ wave.

Passing radial shockwaves through the surface of the skin with the device initiate an inflammatory response in the injured tissue that is being treated. Many people describe ECSWT as ‘Pro-inflammatory’, as it prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation to the treated area. The number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue increases and this accelerates the body’s natural healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.

What happens during treatment?

You will be positioned on a couch, the area being treated is identified and gel applied. A probe is positioned over the area and high intensity shock waves are pulsed into the tissues. Each treatment takes approximately 5 minutes and can be quite noisy. ECSWT can be slightly uncomfortable, but if the treatment becomes too uncomfortable, adjustments to the pulses can be made to reduce the sensation.